Many of us haven’t a clue who the Uyghur people are, let alone what they eat – but speciality restaurant Tarim (one of the only Uyghur restaurants in France) is an excellent introduction. The Islamic Turkish Uyghur people live in an autonomous region of Xinjiang in central Asia – unconventional dishes have flourished from such a unique location and identity, blending Chinese and other Eastern cuisines on the plate.
The small restaurant is charmingly simple. Small musical instruments, paintings and ‘doppa’ (colourful Uyghur hats) hang on the walls, candles are lit around the room, and tables and chairs are lined with bright local materials. We tried the kawab menu of five tender lamb skewers with rice, a lightly spiced sauce and salad for €11.90. The €10.90 chicken korma is well worth a try too, the meat served in a traditional spiced sauce with tomatoes, peppers and homemade pasta.
The charming wait staff are keen to help you to order, or to suggest a pretty selection of flower teas or wines to go with your meal. At Tarim, you can have more than your fill for just €15 a head.
74, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
|Opening hours:||12noon-2.30pm (except Mon); Sun-Wed 6.30pm-11.3pm; Thurs-Sat until midnight|
|Transport:||Métro: Parmentier or Couronnes|
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